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Fate of NBA Season Opener May Be At Stake In Talks
NEW YORK (AP) -- Owners and players have arrived for a ``very huge day'' in the NBA, with perhaps the fate of the league's 82-game schedule at stake.

With both sides acknowledging they are nearly out of time to save the Nov. 1 opener, some level of progress seemed essential in a meeting Tuesday between their full bargaining committees.

The sides were first meeting among themselves, with the bargaining session expected to start at noon.

Union president Derek Fisher said Monday that a lot of signs pointed to Tuesday as "being a very huge day.'' His teammate Kobe Bryant was expected to take part, with Boston Celtics stars Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett among other players joining the union's executive committee.

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